Tears as more Woolworths stores shut for good

There will be more emotional scenes on high streets across Britain today when a further 37 Woolworths branches pull down the shutters for the last time.

There will be more emotional scenes on high streets across Britain today when a further 37 Woolworths branches pull down the shutters for the last time.

Staff were left in tears on Saturday when the first 207 branches of the failed retailer closed their doors after selling off everything they could at knock-down prices.

Staff at the Portobello Road branch in Notting Hill, west London, were seen in a tearful embrace as the final customer left with the shop’s last remaining stock.

Shop assistant Sarah Meehan, 20, summed up the feelings of Woolworths staff around the country, saying she faced the “worst New Year ever”.

Kelly Rea, 26, who bought hair curling tongs for just 25p at Woolworths in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, said: “Woolworths is one of those shops you expect to always be there – the high street won’t be the same now.”

Empty shelves and heartbroken staff are scenes which are likely to be replayed in stores in Scotland and Cumbria where most of today’s closures are taking place.

A further 163 Woolworths stores will close tomorrow, including the longest trading UK store which has been serving customers on the same site in Croydon since 1912.

Two hundred more will shut on January 2 and the remaining 200 stores will close on January 5 unless a last-minute buyer is found.

The closures have left 27,000 workers facing redundancy.

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